Wine aficionados around the world praise Missouri's vineyards and wineries; not only are the wines delicious, they are produced in some of the most picturesque areas of our state. When you visit a Missouri winery, you get more than just an excellent glass of vino – you get a memorable experience.
Anticipate a grand time at Seven Springs Winery, in Linn Creek. The winery is situated on 160 well-kept acres, surrounded by verdant Missouri hills. Pair your wine, sangria and microbrew with a tasty food selection. Because it is within 10 minutes of Camdenton and Osage Beach, Seven Springs is a perfect winery to visit during a Lake of the Ozarks getaway. To help you safely enjoy your visit, the winery runs a shuttle to and from lake-area locations (for a small fee).
Want to pack your own picnic? You can do just that; then take it to the Les Bourgeois Winery A-Frame, situated atop towering Missouri River bluffs. From the picnic tables scattered around the terraced landscape, you'll be dazzled by the views at this popular Rocheport winery – a favorite among college students and wedding parties. No picnic? No problem. The A-Frame offers a selection of snacks, plus meat and cheese trays; and right next door, you'll find the Blufftop Bistro, a splendid restaurant with a full menu of inventive, irresistible food offerings.
The Eagle's Nest Winery, in Louisiana, offers its guests excellent bistro fare on the enclosed outdoor patio. Choose from Eagle's Nest wines, other Missouri wines, as well as selections from California, Australia and France. Commemorate your time at Eagle's Nest – or surprise someone special – by creating a custom gift basket. Bed and Breakfast Inn and a Bakery on-site.
Fans of fruit wines are absolutely enchanted by OOVVDA Winery, where the wines are crafted by third- and fourth-generation winemakers. At this Springfield area winery, savor wines made from red and black raspberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries and red plums, in addition to such native Missouri grape varietals as Norton and Vignoles.
In Hillsboro, a visit to Villa Antonio Winery conjures up the magic of an Italian vineyard – without the pricey transatlantic airplane ticket. Take part in a wine tasting, enjoy lunch, and hear live music every weekend (music, May thru mid-November.).
Live tunes pair well with the wine at Fahrmeier Family Vineyards, eight miles southwest of Lexington. In addition to great vino and lively music, there is plenty of scenery to admire. Fahrmeier's tasting room occupies a 1930s barn overlooking the family farm, making this outing as scenic as it is fun.